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Monday, June 30, 2014

Congressman Chris Collins said this afternoon that the the Supreme Court ruling allowing businesses to opt out of certain provisions in the Affordable Care Act is "a victory for our First Amendment rights and the free exercise of religious beliefs."

The court, in a 5-4 decision, concluded that arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby and other companies could cite religious views as valid reasoning for being exempt from parts of the federal law, particularly the provision that required employers who provide insurance to their employees to offer contraceptives to those employees as part of that insurance.

Religious based schools, hospital and non-profit organizations were already exempt from the contraception clause of the Affordable Care Act.

“Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate is an intrusion on the religious freedoms of private employers, and was decided to be what many of us expected — unconstitutional," said Collins, R-Clarence, via press release this afternoon. "The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case is another example of this Administration’s hubris and extreme overreach into every corner of our lives.”

For its part, the White House condemned the ruling, saying it "jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies."

The ruling only affects certain corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

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